Feeding off the success of the donation collection for The Center for Children and Young Adults (CCYA), Cobb Schools staff members are stepping up to continue the support for the Center. Members of the Cobb Schools Central Office have launched a snack drive to help CCYA provide for the at-risk youth in their care.
The youth at the Center, ages 12-19, have been abused, neglected, and/or abandoned by their caregivers. Many of the children and youth who live at CCYA are Cobb County School District students and CCYA attends to their daily needs. They make sure the students are safe, fed, clothed, counseled, and in school.
As a private, non-profit facility, the Center relies heavily on support from individuals, communities, schools, and corporations. While this support could be monetary in nature, it is often specific drives, like the ones coordinated by Cobb Schools, that provide some of the basic day-to-day needs of the students.
In February, with the full support of Superintendent Chris Ragsdale, schools across the district, as well as divisions within the district office, participated in a laundry detergent and toiletry drive, which resulted in a truck-load of donations.
The response was tremendous, very beneficial, and was greatly appreciated at CCYA.
“We are so thankful to the caring hearts in Cobb County’s amazing school district,” read a statement in the CCYA newsletter.
For the next few months, the Cobb Schools Central office will collect individually-wrapped snacks including the following:
- Beverages (juice boxes, tea, lemonade, Gatorade, water)
- Crackers (peanut butter, cheese, wheat, etc.)
- Granola bars
- Chips, pretzels, popcorn
- Nuts, trail mix, raisins
- Little Debbie or Hostess type cakes, brownies, cupcakes, etc. (individually wrapped)
In addition to the Central Office employees, schools are also continuing their support for CCYA. Schools, like Rocky Mount Elementary School, recently raised money for the youth in need at CCYA with events like pajama day where students could pay $1 to wear their pajamas to school for a day.
To learn more about The Center for Children & Young Adults, visit here.